Prizes awarded to parade participants

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The threat of a rare autumn snow storm didn’t dampen the excitement of the Halloween Parade in Greencastle Friday evening.

Judges had lots of choose from in the lineup of characters from bull riders to astronauts. The parade was sponsored by the Greencastle Exchange Club.

“The Exchange Club really had a great time putting the parade on again this year,” said parade chairman Nathan Nardi.

“We're really happy with the participation we get from the community. It's really all about the kids and having a little fun at this time of year.”

Prizes were awarded in the following categories:

Individual — 1. McKenna Rakaczewski; 2. The Little Indian; 3. The Benja Monster.

Groups 2-10 people — 1. Flintstones; 2. Junior Troop 81005; 3. Smurfs.

Groups 11 or more people — 1. Girl Scout Troop 80853; 2. JCB Stables Miniature Horse Farm; 3. Cub Scout Pack 13 Bear Den - "Super Heroes".

Floats — 1. Quad State Air; 2. Girl Scout Troop 80150; 3. Future Bull Riders.

Nardi said, “Though the Exchange Club is a very active organization that meets all year long, the Halloween Parade is the start of the club’s busy season. The club is already planning our Christmas Project where we give Christmas gifts to over 200 needy children in the G-A school district. We will also be participating in the tree lighting ceremony and Heritage Christmas.”

Nardi added that the club is always looking for new members and meets at 7:30 a.m. each Thursday at Casey's Restaurant, Greencastle.

“On behalf of the club, I'd like to thank the judges, Tom Shockey Collision for the rollback truck used as a judges’ platform, Valley Quarries for the additional lighting along the route, Tower Bank for additional equipment they supplied and the Jerome King Playground board,” Nardi said.